The tag-team of Tom Hardy and Lady Gaga did it again. They defeated both Ryan Gosling and Chris Hemsworth in the battle of the October 12-14 box office.
"Venom" and "A Star Is Born" took first and second this weekend, just like they did last week. And just like last week, their tallies were much higher than the rest of the domestic box office releases.
"Venom" earned $35.7 million in its second weekend. That's a drop of 55.5 percent from its opening, but still more than enough to stay number one. So far, Sony's Marvel Universe film has earned $378,102,151 worldwide.
Director/star Bradley Cooper's "A Star Is Born" added 22 theaters -- still leaving it with about 500 fewer than "Venom" -- and picked up $28 million. That's a drop of 34.7 percent from last week.
Ryan Gosling was actually the third man with "First Man," which earned $16.5 million in its opening weekend. It barely got third place, too, just squeaking by "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween," which earned $16,225,000. That family sequel actually had a higher per-screen average than "First Man," since it opened in about 100 fewer theaters.
"First Man" came in slightly below the $17M-$20M forecasts, Variety noted; this is Gosling's fifth best opening, behind "Gangster Squad" in 2013, which opened to $17.07 million.
Do you think this will hurt the Oscar chances for "First Man"? Guess we'll see.
The other wide release opening this week was "Bad Times at the El Royale," which had -- wait for it -- a bad time at the box office with a seventh place opening. The star-studded R-rated thriller only picked up $7,225,000. That's less than "Night School," which took sixth place even though it actually played in fewer theaters than "El Royale."
"First Man" got a B+ CinemaScore from polled moviegoers; "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" got a B; and "Bad Times at the El Royale" got a B-.
In better news, "Beautiful Boy" had its very limited release this weekend -- picking up $221,437 from only four theaters, placing it at No. 18 on the box office chart. That may not sound great, but it gave the Steve Carell/Timothée Chalamet film a per-screen average of $55,359. (Contrast that to the $8,400 per-screen average for "Venom" at No. 1).
Here are the top 10 weekend estimates for October 12-14:
1. "Venom" - $35,700,000
2. "A Star Is Born" - $28,000,000
3. "First Man" - $16,500,000
4. "Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween" - $16,225,000
5. "Smallfoot" - $9,300,000
6. "Night School" - $8,035,000
7. "Bad Times At The El Royale" - $7,225,000
8. "The House With a Clock in Its Walls" - $3,975,000
9. "The Hate U Give" - $1,765,000
10. "A Simple Favor" - $1,380,000 ("The Nun" just missed the cut by $5,000)
According to Deadline, this week's combined box office numbers for "Venom" and "Goosebumps 2" just pushed Sony past $1 billion at the domestic box office. They hit $1 billion earlier in the year than they did in 2017, and the last time they hit $1B before that was in 2014. Disney, Warner Bros., and Universal already hit $1 billion earlier this year -- Disney is gliding past $2.75 billion. Show-offs!
"Halloween" reunites Laurie Strode and Michael Myers next Friday, October 19. Will you be watching?
[Via: Deadline, Box Office Mojo, Variety]
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